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    The Boys and the Black Stuff

    There is only one word to describe second annual great Guinness Toast, brilliant!

    The turnout was fantastic as over 80 Guinness lovers joined toastmaster Joe Patterson to raise their pints in a simultaneous world wide toast. There was a toast every hour on the hour beginning at 9pm and ending with a “guest toast” by Mr. Jack “Tiny” Redden” at 1am. There were numerous prizes given away, with more than 80 winners going home with t-shirts, framed pictures, flags, Guinness and Harp beer glasses, and even a Guinness pocket watch!

    And did I mention we had music? The music was continuous throughout the evening as the Bogside Rogues(unplugged) featuring Bob Hurst on accordion and Tim Murphy on guitar kept folks tapping their toes and singing along to traditional Irish songs with an upbeat twist on many old favorites and some new ones too. Many of those in attendance asked the question, “When are these guys coming back?”. All I can say is "Watch this space!"

    Pouring the perfect pints this night were bartenders Mark McCarthy and Cary Windisch did a fine job as well, they kept the black stuff flowing and the thirsty crowd satisfied  as four kegs of the Guinness were consumed in four hours.... could be a record.

    Article by Joe Patterson.... BRILLIANT!

    Photos by Jackie Patterson


    Mardi Gras Antics Rule The Night

    From Bourbon St to Jackson Sq there was not an empty seat in the place as the third annual Mardi Gras Celebration got underway at the FSOS. What do you get when you mix 150 partygoers, cold beer, masks, beads, jambalaya, a very big spoon, flying bras and the hot hot hot VooDudes? You get a night to remember. 

    While music and merriment ruled the night it was Chef DeMaio & Co that ruled the day. Yes ladies, he's quite something in an apron, top had and beads. And when he starts to wield that spatula... LOOK OUT. Crab cakes, roast pork, chicken alfredo were just some of the dishes seasoned to a high heat. There's nothing like a hot dish to warm the heart on a cold night and still other parts the day after.

    Guest Chef Tom McGrath brought his own cast iron cauldron. I went to lift it. Then thought, "maybe not". With cauldron on stove he produced one of the dead sea scrolls. The one with the recipe for Jambalaya. You think I'm kidding. I'm not. Missing only his black cape he stepped up to the cauldron and did that voodoo that he do so well. Buffet complete.   

    With appetites satisfied and tables cleared, the VooDudes took to the stage and proceeded to fill the hall with there own special brand of blues and rock. Tim Black was first on the floor determined to earn his beads, he wasn't alone for long. Rumour has it that Charlie Donnelly stepped out there to do some stompin' of his own and didn't even break a sweat... Kathleen, loooookout.

    Joe Patterson, John Reilly & Jim Connor were a little dismayed to see the ladies abusing some of the decorations that they'd hung so carefully. I can't mention names but these girls had no shame. They spent much of the evening augmenting one of our wall hangings until it could easily have passed for a viagara commercial... they got beads... lots of beads.... and tinsel as well. While I can't say who they were, I can say that John Wagle, Dave Delaney and Denis Sullivan left early with them and gave me a $100 tip.

    And then of course there was the incident with the spoon. What do you get when you put Tommy Keegan between two lovely ladies with a spoon and 80 feet of string? A memory that will take many years of therapy to erase. The ladies are still recovering, Barney Shannon has already sent flowers and the charges have been dropped.

    Betsy Keubler was also busy that night taking photos while husband George was in the kitchen. She has set some of them to music in what can only be described as a gem. Disclaimer: We warn our viewers in advance that some of this content may be disturbing.

    There is so much preparation that goes into making it happen. Some of the unsung heros who invested much of their time into producing this event are Scott Fitzgerald, Wayne Miller, Gary Murphy. All worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring about this great night and the many others we've put on over the past few years.

    Once again the bar has been raised for parties at the FSOS. As for Mr Sheridan and his Irish Mafia, they are already planning the next... and still looking for that spoon.

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    Now That Was a Christmas Party

    For as controversial as this years Christmas party was it turned out to be one of the best ever. It was certainly the biggest ever. The hall was decorated from floor to ceiling with much thanks to Miriam Sheridan and Barney Shannon with help from Laurie Miller. Zoe Sheridan and Karli Miller daughters of John and Wayne respectively are the ladies responsible for the souvenir Christmas tree decorations. Special thanks to Sue Hansult for the chocolates given to all the ladies.

    Top Hat Catering took the challenge of catering for 175 people and ran with it. Setting up appetizer stations around the club as well as circulating continously during the course of the event. For  the first two hours of the party it was non-stop grazing. You had to be pretty dedicated to the cause to avoid the calories. The plan this year to accommodate our biggest group yet involved setting up appetizer tables in the main hall and the catering tent extending from the lounge to the deck beyond. So rather than keeping the party confined to the bar area and then moving it to the main hall we were encouraged to make full use of the entire club... and we did.

    Of course the Christmas party is as much about fashion as it is about food.  And if the fashion Gods  were watching they must been mesmerized by the assortment of designs and colors. They were red, green, multicolored and of course the little black number (always a popular choice at these events). Then there were the over the top, battery operated designs with lights and even music... Yep it seems that at Christmas time the fashion focus shifts for just a moment from women's dresses to men's ties. I sported a Charlie Brown Christmas tie myself, which was second only to Bill Nolan in his tartan dress pants. That said, the ladies didn't look to bad either. From Charlie Brown to Kenny Brown and Walter Farrell... here come the men in red. Check out  the photos of two of Santa's favorite helpers.

    Music in both rooms... I'd be remiss in not mentioning that Primative  Soul were spectacular. They filled the dance floor. Their choice of music meant that even folks with no business on a dance floor just couldn't resist. It was hard to watch at times but they all had fun. So much fun in fact that when the end of the night arrived the crowd pleaded for and was granted  one more hour. We just didn't want the night to end.

    As you browse the photos keep an eye out for our ever so friendly photo imposer. It was a busy night for him but he would not be deterred. Christmas is after all his busy season. We have over 100 photos captured this evening by John DeMaio, Wayne Miller and Dave Cummins. Photo album 1, Photo album 2.


    The Brewers Apprentice

    A few weeks ago 10 members of the FSOS headed down to the Brewers Apprentice in Freehold on a mission. We were bound to make our own beer. Not interested in anything to do with grapes. Not for us a cheeky merlot or chablis with a piquant aftertaste. We wanted beer. Well beer we got. About 440 22oz bottles to be precise. That and a lot of laughs. When we returned two weeks later to bottle up the fruits of our labor there happened to be a staff member from the Star Ledger there with a video camera. What can I say, he captured us in all our glory

    The Brewer’s Apprentice lets customers make their own beer